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Will of Mary (Suffolk) Orton, proved 1855

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This is the Will of Mary Orton nee Suffolk of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. [1]
It was written on 27 October 1848 and not revised before Mary's death on 27 March 1855.
The Will was proved by the executor Thomas Gray of Nuneaton on 12 July 1855.

Mary's legacies were directed by the Will of her late brother Samuel Suffolk who had died in 1847.
He had left the bulk of his estate to Mary, with the proviso that if she died, the estate would then pass to his other sister Ann (Suffolk) Cook.
After the deaths of both Mary and Ann, the estate was to be equally divided between his surviving nephews and nieces.
Mary carried out her brother's directions in her own Will, and the beneficiaries are related to her and Samuel thus:

Lich[field] 12th July 1855
T[estatrix] Mary Orton de Nuneaton
1 Ex Inf 300£

In the Bishop's Court of Lichfield
Goods of Mary Orton deceased
Thomas Gray of Nuneaton in Warks Farmer the sole executor
Mary Orton late of Nuneaton in county of Warwick, widow
Died twenty seventh day of March 1855
Estate under the value of £300

This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Orton of Nuneaton in the County of Warwick Widow
I give and bequeath unto Thomas Gray of Nuneaton aforesaid Farmer his executors and administrators
All and singular my household goods and furniture ready money securities for money and all and singular other my personal estate and effects of every kind and sort Upon Trust that he the said Thomas Gray his executors or administrators shall and do convert the whole of my said estate and effects into money and in the first place pay thereout all my just Debts funeral expenses and testamentary expenses and the costs charges and expenses of proving and in executing the Trusts of this my Will and from and after the payment thereof

Upon Trust to devide the clear residue of my said estate and effects into six equal parts and pay the same in manner following that is to say
one sixth part thereof unto Ann the wife of Edward King of Birmingham
one other sixth part thereof unto William Atkins of Birmingham
one other sixth part thereof unto Samuel Suffolk of Birmingham
one other sixth part thereof unto Frederick Cook of London
one other sixth part thereof unto William Henry Cook of London
and the other or remaining sixth part thereof unto and between the Two children of Elizabeth Cluly of London
Share and share alike as tenants in common

And in case of the death of any of the before mentioned persons except of the said William Atkins and in case of his death before he shall have received his share I desire the same to be paid to the said Ann King and in case of her death to her children if more than one and if but one then to such only child before he she or they shall have received their share or shares of him her or them as aforesaid I direct that such share or shares shall go to the children of Him her or them so dying in equal proportions share and share alike

I revoke all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made declare this to be my last Will and Testament and hereof do appoint the said Thomas Gray executor In Witness whereof I the said Mary Orton the Testatrix have hereunto set my hand the 27th day of October One thousand eight hundred and forty eight

Mary Orton X her mark

Signed and acknowledged by the said Mary Orton the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses
George Fulleylove
Rebecca Fullylove
Edward Baker

[paragraph written up the left side of the sheet at right angles to the main text] To Mrs King the Bed and Furniture belonging and spoons & clothes
To Fred'k Cook and Henry Cook and Samuel Suffolk 1 pair of sheets Each and Coverings
and the other remaining part of furniture to be equally dividing amongst the 3 last named persons


  1. Will of Mary Orton in: Registered wills and original wills, administrations and inventories, 1494-1860, and, act books, 1532-1638 for Diocese of Lichfield Episcopal Consistory Court. Piece surname range Moult-O Piece year range 1855. Transcription of Will verbatim from the images on FindMyPast. Accessed 31 January 2021.

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